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Commissioners Approve 23 Contract Resolutions, Support Historic Bristol Borough during February 1 Meeting

February 2, 2017

Citing an “awesome opportunity for Bristol Borough,” the Board of Bucks County Commissioners on February 1 pledged their full support to Historic Bristol Borough’s ongoing effort to win a $500,000 grant in the Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution competition. The Small Business Revolution voting will take place between Feb. 9-16, 2017, online at the website www.smallbusinessrevolution.org, assuming Bristol Borough advances to the final four of the 14,000 nominations (it is currently in the elite eight). The commissioners proclaimed Feb. 1 “Historic Bristol Borough Small Business Revolution Grant Support Day” throughout the county.

Commissioners Charles H. Martin, chairman, Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW welcomed Bill Pezza of Historic Bristol Borough’s “Raising The Bar” organization to talk about the competition. Mr. Pezza thanked the commissioners for their assistance in spreading the word about the opportunity. Later in the meeting, the board voted unanimously to allocate $30,000 from the County’s tourism fund to Bristol Riverside Theater in honor of its 30th anniversary this year.

The Bristol Borough theme of the meeting also included Chief Clerk/Planning Commission Executive Director Lynn T. Bush, who noted that she will be presenting to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) about the Borough’s successful revitalization efforts through the commissioners’ ongoing Municipal Economic Development Initiative (MEDI).

One of the highlights of the 23 unanimously approved contract resolutions was a five-year, $374,000 General Services contract with Schindler Elevator Corporation of Downingtown, PA for preventive maintenance and service for the Justice Center elevators. According to Director of Operations Kevin Spencer, this performance based contract will impact the eight elevators in the facility. Schindler was also the company that installed the elevators during the Justice Center construction process.

The commissioners approved a $150,000 annual allocation to Langhorne’s Family Services Association of Bucks County to appropriate funds for housing and emergency shelter services at their facility in Levittown. For Corrections, they agreed to a one-year, $68,858 contract with Doylestown’s VITA Education Services to provide various workshops and programs to inmates at the correctional facilities.

The board also approved a three-year, $750,000 revenue grant application for the District Attorney’s office involving the Bucks County Network Against Domestic Abuse. This federal application funds one of the department’s marquee programs, according to County DA Matt Weintraub. The funding goes toward pre-trial and post-guilty outreach, among other items.

For the Health Department, the board approved a $155,132 mosquito-borne disease control grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to provide continuation of mosquito control activities. County Health Director Dr. David Damsker explained that the grant pays for mosquito spraying as well as monitoring for the possibility of Zika mosquitoes.

The Planning Commission will continue to oversee five household hazardous waste collection events in Bucks County following the approval of a one-year, $195,000 contract with Clean Harbors Environmental Services, LLC of Bridgeport, NJ to manage the collections. The 2017 dates will be announced by the Planning Commission soon.

During the commissioners’ comment portion of the agenda, Vice Chairman Loughery offered a fond remembrance of his football coach at Dickinson College, Ed Sweeney, who passed away on January 30. Commissioner Loughery shared some of his remembrances and thanked Coach Sweeney for his impact on many young men’s lives during their time together winning multiple Centennial Conference championships.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room (1st Floor), 55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901. For a complete audio account of the February 1, 2017 business meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.